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 India, is a vast and splendid land of divergent cultures and cuisines – or, as Paul William Roberts would say, to the “empire of the soul.” We’ll steer you through a spectacular labyrinth of sights and mysteries to bring out the wonders of this sub-continent: battlements of Rajasthan's opulent palaces, the Taj Mahal and Varanasi on the Ganges...

 India, is a vast and splendid land of divergent cultures and cuisines – or, as Paul William Roberts would say, to the “empire of the soul.” We’ll steer you through a spectacular labyrinth of sights and mysteries to bring out the wonders of this sub-continent: battlements of Rajasthan's opulent palaces, the Taj Mahal and Varanasi on the Ganges River in the north; wild jungles and tiger habitats of central India; and tropical Malabar backwaters and plantations of the Spice Hills in the south. You’ll be enveloped by the warmth and hospitality of India’s people: in the old city of Jodphur where you’re invited to the private home of the Sankahla family for lunch; in Bandhavharh and Kanha National parks when the local guides and conservationist detail passionately their struggle to bring tigers back from the brink of extinction; and in the rural villages of Rajasthan when we dine with royal family descendants who tell us about daily Indian life.

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Meet Your Guides: India

Meet Your Guides: India
Meet Your Guides: India Edition Namascar! More often than not the highlight of a trip are the guides. How well a guide gets along with you, a Wildland traveler, can make or break a trip. Wildland puts a lot of effort into finding the best guides for every area that we travel to. The guides I had the opportunity to learn from and befriend on my most recent trip to India were wonderful. Wildland focuses on using local guides in each area, ensuring that these guides possess a seemingly unlimited wealth of knowledge about their area of expertise. The dates, times, and names they can keep straight is mind boggling. I especially enjoyed chatting with the guides when we had some free time to sit in the car or talk over lunch at a restaurant. We discussed life in India vs life in the states, what sports we liked, what other...
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Indian Samosas Recipe

Indian Samosas Recipe
Samosas are one of India's most iconic appetizers. Religion, food, temperature, language change drastically as you travel throughout India but samosas are perhaps the most ubiquitous street food in this diverse nation. What's not to love? These fluffy, flaky, handheld pockets hide mounds of spiced vegetables and are super addicting. Good luck eating just one! Dimple and her husband Terun run the Kanha Jungle Lodge . They’re wonderful friends of ours here at Wildland and while we love searching the dense jungle with Tehrun or talking birds with their son Jai another reason we cherish our visits to Kanha Jungle Lodge is for Dimple’s spectacular cooking. She’s an artist in the kitchen, tries to use as many fresh and seasonal ingredients as she can, and creates culinary delights you would never expect in the jungles of India. Dimple’s samosas are always a crowd favorite. They’re light and crispy on the outside...
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How to Choose the Right Tiger Park in India

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India is home to 70% of the world’s remaining tigers. These majestic cats have been making a fantastic comeback due to conservation efforts after being on the verge of endangered just 20 years ago. Seeing one of these big cats is a once in a lifetime experience and there is no better place than on a trip to India to check that item off the bucket list. While it is easy to get lost in the eye of the tiger, there are many other factors to take into account when choosing a park including but not limited to quality of lodges, naturalists as well as other flora and fauna. This blog is going to focus specifically on the national parks of Madhya Pradesh (MP), considered the epicenter for tiger sightings in India. MP is also great because they offer full day permits if you’re really interested in seeing tigers. You get...
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A Day in the Life of a Jungle Safari in India

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Days spent on jungle safaris in India are different than any other you’ll experience on your adventure. With a minimum of 2 nights at a lodge and 3 nights highly recommended you’ll fall into a routine. You wake up with the sun and fall asleep to the sounds of the jungle and a full belly. You'll spend hours riding around in a jeep searching for animals and hours relaxing in your room or by the pool. I’ll try to outline to the best I can what a typical day looks like in the jungles of India. Note: These were the times for when I was visiting in October. The times change with the season as the park gate opens at sunrise and closes at sunset. In the heart of winter, you’ll find later start times and earlier exit times. 5:00 – Wakeup knock on your door. 5:15 – Tea, coffee, and snacks....
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How I Fell in Love with Jungle Safaris in India

How I Fell in Love with Jungle Safaris in India
I had never been on a safari until 2 weeks ago. It’s not that I don’t love the outdoors, I spend as much time as I can outside and all my vacations revolve around sleeping under the stars. I love walking the trails, climbing to the highest peak in a range, or kayaking down a river. So, I never understood safaris and this idea of going to a national park and driving around in a jeep all day. It seemed counter intuitive to everything I love about wild, natural spaces. Then, I spent 2 weeks on jungle safari in India and my whole philosophy changed. I not only understand the drive (pun intended) to go on safari but think it’s a must-do on everyone’s list for the following reasons: Naturalists: Watching the naturalists work was perhaps my favorite part of the safaris. They drive a car on bumpy, winding dirt roads...
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Kurt Kutay
Africa isn't the only continent for safaris! I love going on safari in India's wildlife reserves and have been lucky enough to see... Read More
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